Kasubi royal tomb world heritage site destroyed by fire


A fire has destroyed the  thatched Kasubi tombs UNESCO world heritage site.  This historic burial site of four Bugandan kings is located near the Ugandan capital, Kampala. A week of mourning has been announced by the King of Buganda, the largest of the traditional kingdoms in Uganda. An interview with the BBC by Andrew Reid, a Senior Lecturer in Eastern African Archaeology at University College London can be accessed at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/news/2010/03/100317_uganda_nh_sl.shtml

The UN has said that it will assist with rebuilding the tombs. http://whc.unesco.org/en/news/596

Ugandan newspaper article: http://www.newvision.co.ug/D/8/13/713438 

Kasubi-related stories from the past two days that may be of interest to WAC members:

http://www.monitor.co.ug/News/National/-/688334/882302/-/wjqv0h/-/index.html

http://www.monitor.co.ug/News/National/-/688334/882840/-/wjr019/-/index.html